Andrew Flintoff has come out of retirement to join the Lancashire Lightning's cricket squad for this year's T20 Blast campaign.
Wirral Cricket Club have found themselves making the sports pages everywhere from Seacombe to Sydney after being bowled out for three
Lancashire County Cricket Club's Peter Moores has been given a second opportunity to coach England.
Andrew Flintoff is making his Lancashire first-team comeback today.
The former England captain is in the Lightning side to face Worcestershire Rapids at New Road in the NatWest T20 Blast.
Earlier he tweeted a picture to mark the occasion.
2nd debut !!! http://t.co/bTuHPE69Q2
Would love to be in the squad tomorrow night but the lads are on a role and besides the things you work hardest for are the most fun !
Maybe next year ! http://t.co/nV6Z6UTkcO
Andrew Flintoff is poised to make a shock return to cricket after Lancashire announced they are in talks to bring back the former England all-rounder for their NatWest T20 Blast campaign.
Flintoff has not played competitively in nearly five years and bowed out of the game in a blaze of glory by helping England regain the Ashes in 2009, with his retirement, due to a succession of injuries, officially confirmed the following year.
But his old county have made no secret of the 36-year-old training with the first-team squad and working with academy players this season, while earlier this month, the Red Rose tellingly refused to rule out the prospect of Flintoff ending his retirement.
The chances of an imminent comeback are unlikely, with Lancashire beginning their T20 Blast campaign on Friday at Nottinghamshire, but Tuesday's announcement brings Flintoff a step closer to a surprise return.
"We are in talks with Andrew over possible involvement with the club during the NatWest T20 Blast campaign," said a Lancashire statement.Flintoff has embarked on a successful career in the media since retirement, featuring in a number of television and radio shows for the likes of Sky and the BBC.
Old Trafford has missed out on hosting an Ashes Test match as the full itinerary is revealed for Australia's tour in 2015.
England's bid to regain the Ashes next year will begin in Cardiff. Further Tests will follow at Lord's, Edgbaston and Trent Bridge before the final Test of the summer at the Oval, beginning on August 20.
Despite a £32million redevelopment, Emirates Old Trafford has been snubbed as a venue.
The ground last held a game between England and Australia back last year.
The bitter irony for Lancashire is that former coach Peter Moores, who left the Red Rose county to manage England, will meet Australia for the first time at Cardiff - the venue which won the nod over Old Trafford.
Former England spin bowler Phil Tufnel has offered words of wisdom to the members of Wirral Cricket Club, who hit the headlines after being bowled out for just three runs.
Tufnell responded to the club's appeal for coaches with: "looks like you've already read my coaching manual!"
England batsman Ian Bell says Lancashire coach Peter Moores, who's been appointed head coach of the England team, is a world class coach.
Bell stressed the importance of Moores and England captain Alastair Cook planning for the future of the national side after a disappointing summer.
Lancashire County Cricket Club have congratulated Peter Moores on his appointment as the Head Coach of England.
They said online: "Peter will continue with his duties for Lancashire's LV= County Championship fixture against Warwickshire which gets underway at Emirates Old Trafford on Sunday."